When it comes to our children, we want them to have the best that we, and the world, have to offer. In many instances we fall flat based on financial or time limitations. However, when it comes to decorating for children or your child’s room or play area, there are a great many options available that are fun, quick, cheap, and easy-a plus in almost any parent’s book.
Chances are that if you have more than one child, each child has a favorite character, story, or theme. No matter what age your child is quite possible that there is some sort of theme that your child is ‘into’ that will translate well into wall art when decorating for children. The good news is that you do not have to Michelangelo in order to achieve beautiful artwork of your own. What you do need is a coloring book filled with the characters that delight your children, some dry erase markers, clear transparency sheets, an overhead projector (some office supply stores will rent these out to you), a pencil for tracing, and some paint that will match the colors of the characters or theme you are recreating in your masterpiece.
Decorating for children is not only something you can do for them, but also a project in which older children can participate. You are actually using the pencil to trace the lines that are being shown upon the wall by way of the overhead projector. Of course, if your child is artistically inclined I hope you allowed him or her to participate in the actual tracing of the characters onto the transparency. In out household it works much better when the older children do this step for themselves and they enjoy contributing. Allow your children to be active participants when decorating for children and you will find that they are much more appreciative of the finished room.
When it comes to decorating for children, chances are that your children have a style that is theirs and theirs alone. Each child will be somewhat different and that gives you ample opportunity to create a personal space for each child that is a little different from that of his or her siblings (assuming of course there are siblings). Giving your children some degree of control of the decorating of their spaces enables them to learn to make decisions, think for themselves, and the precious art of compromise as ultimate veto authority rests with you as the parents. Decorating for children can be a learning process for both you and your children when it comes to compromise and communication.
It is also a good idea if you make your children aware of the finances involved in decorating for children. This will help them understand the value of the things in their room by both the merit of the price that is associated with some of them and the work that is involved in others. Teaching them this important lesson early in life is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children. Decorating for children doesn’t have to be only about decorating and design. There is no rule that states important lessons cannot be learned throughout the process.
Painting a work of art on the walls of your children’s’ rooms is a small way to make that their own personal space when decorating for children. It is also a very big way to let them know that the things they appreciate as important to you just as they are important to you. Whether you do this with your children when they are older, before they make their grand appearance, or a few times throughout their childhood, this is one of the many ways that decorating for children can be fun and relatively inexpensive.